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and pakistan. we must always be on guard. i am advised this figure is significantly reduced. international forces have been bearing down on al qaeda and the taliban in pakistan and afghanistan. osama bin laden has been killed and al qaeda is significantly weakened. in afghanistan british and international forces have driven al qaeda from its bases and while it is too early to tell for certain initial evidence suggests we halted the momentum of the taliban insurgency in its heartland. mr. speaker, we are entering a new phase in which the afghan forces will do more of the fighting and patrolling and our forces training and mentoring. as president obama said last month the mission is changing from, that to support. when we arrived there was no one to hand over to. no proper army or police. in many places across the country the afghan security forces now stand ready to begin the process of taking over security responsibility. success in afghanistan requires a number of critical steps. the first is making sure the afghan security forces are able to secure their own territory. there have been we
money to countries that waste it -- pakistan. keep military, share the wealth between branches, and don't cut education." the president: you know, the one thing i would say is, on the notion of giving money to countries that waste it -- and pakistan is listed there -- i think it's important for people to know that foreign aid accounts for less than 2 percent of our budget. and if you defined it just narrowly as the kind of foreign aid to help feed people and what we think of classically as foreign aid, it's probably closer to 1 percent. so sometimes people have an exaggerated sense that we spend 25 percent of the federal budget on foreign aid. it's a tiny amount that has a big impact. and i think america, to be a leader in the world, to have influence, to help stabilize countries and create opportunity for people so that they don't breed terrorists or create huge refugee flows and so forth, it's smart for us to make a very modest investment in foreign aid. it's a force multiplier and it's something that even in tough fiscal times america needs to continue to do as part of our role a
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